"What I do at work when I'm supposed to be working" is the title of an installation created by artist David Fullarton as his contribution to an exhibition project called Sisyphus Office, based in Houston, Texas. The artists involved in the project collaborated with businesses and offices in and around Houston throughout 2009. The project's aim was to "highlight art as an integral and necessary distraction in our day to day life,... to examine the artifice that keeps us clinging to reality and distracted from the void. Sisyphus Office is about punching the clock, and then punching it again…but harder the second time. It’s about transcending the mundane through the beauty and absurdity of distraction. It’s about recognizing the comedy in the tragedy of the day to day… and then waking up again to do the same thing all over again the next morning."
Fullarton's exhibit was an installed in the offices of Houston radio station 90.1 KPFT and consisted of a number of small works made entirely from office supplies, which were pinned up randomly around the office workspace, hidden amongst the notices, flyers and memos that were already existing in that environment. The installation was later moved to Houston's Contemporary Arts Museum where it was installed in the admin offices in order to remain true to the original concept of having the art live in a working office environment.
David Fullarton is a Scottish born, San Francisco based artist. He keeps notebooks filled with scraps of paper, scribbled phrases, and other ephemera that he incorporates into his artwork. These elements represent the often overlooked stuff of daily life, which is the root of Fullarton’s inspiration. He sees beauty in the ways people manage to find joy and meaning in the minutiae. The artist paints vibrantly complex canvases whose elements jumble and mix together in a facsimile of modern life. Fullarton compliments these with smaller mixed media drawings on paper. These paper works are sometimes the genesis of the finished paintings, but are more often stand-alone vignettes featuring forlorn characters who find themselves in compromising situations. More examples of his work can be found at davidfullarton.com